Mick McCarthy admitted that the Republic of Ireland were outplayed by Switzerland and didn’t deserve anything from the game.
Ireland lost 2-0 to the Swiss in rainy Geneva and could have no complaints after being outplayed and outclassed from the first whistle to the last. Haris Seferovic opened the scoring in the first half and Shane Duffy scored a late own-goal to give the hosts all three points.
Darren Randolph’s penalty save was the only bright spot from the match from an Irish perspective. A miserable night for McCarthy was capped by Seamus Coleman getting sent-off.
Ireland must now beat Denmark in Dublin next month to secure qualification for Euro 2020. However, on the evidence of Tuesday night’s display and the goalless draw with Georgia on Saturday, there is little to suggest Ireland will beat the Danes.
A play-off route through the Nations League next March may give McCarthy’s team another chance of reaching the tournament next summer. But, regardless of the route they take, Ireland’s performances must massively improve.
McCarthy admitted as much in his post-game interview with Tony O’Donoghue on Tuesday evening. The former Ipswich Town manager said that Switzerland were undoubtedly the better team. He also said he couldn’t take responsibility for “our inability to pass the ball to each other.”
“We were beaten by the better team, the considerably better team actually. Especially in the first half when we didn’t play particularly well,” McCarthy told RTÉ at full-time.
“No matter what system we are playing, it doesn’t excuse some of our wayward passing and some of the stuff we did. We changed it midway through and that settled it down a bit. In the second half, we settled it down a bit and played far, far better. I think it was a performance we could be proud of, especially down to 10 men.
“It (the change of formation) didn’t cause us to not pass the ball to each other that’s for sure. I said to the lads, ‘if changing it was the root cause of it I’ll accept responsibility for that, but I’m not accepting responsibility for our inability to pass it to each other in the first half because we were really poor’.”
The Ireland manager also praised the performance of Glenn Whelan and had no complaints about Coleman’s red card. He finished by saying that, at the start of the campaign, he would have taken the situation Ireland find themselves in – knowing a win over Denmark will secure qualification for Euro 2020.
You can watch McCarthy’s interview here:
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) October 15, 2019